Can I be made to sign an agreement restricting where I can be employed in the future?

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Can I be made to sign an agreement restricting where I can be employed in the future?

I just decided to quit my job; I gave my boss my 2 weeks notice. However, before I go she asked me to sign a paper saying that I won’t work in similar place of business and won’t give her recipes out (which are not even original or secret recipes). Anyone can come up with them. I do not have any contract with her nor have I sign anything previously. Am I required to sign this document? It is my understanding that my state doesn’t allow these type agreements. Furthermore, I have knowledge that she has never ask any of her previous employees to sign such document.

Asked on February 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

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